Colossal (2017)

Director: Nacho Vigalondo

Writer: Nacho Vigalondo (Screenplay)

Starring: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Austin Stowell, Tom Blake Nelson, Dan Stevens, Hannah Cheeramy

 

Plot: Gloria is an out-of-work party girl forced to leave her life in NY and move back home. When reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, she gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this phenomenon.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Very Hard Work

 

Story: Colossal starts as New York party girl Gloria (Hathaway) is kicked out by her out of patience boyfriend Tim (Stevens), forcing her to return to her home town. It doesn’t take her long to meet an old friend in Oscar (Sudeikis) and the regulars from the bar Joel (Stowell) and Garth (Nelson).

Finding herself a job at Oscar’s bar the world starts to come under panic when a giant monster appears in Seoul randomly and continues to appear, after a while Gloria notices a movement the monster makes that is like the nerves tick she has.

When Gloria confirms she is the monster she must figure a way to stop things happening using only her new friends knowing the truth but things take a turn for the worse through the days of trying to control this phenomenon.

 

Thoughts on Colossal

 

Characters/PerformanceGloria is an out of work alcoholic who enjoys the party life, she is forced home to face old memories but soon finds herself dealing with a bigger problem, she is in fact controlling a giant monster terrorising Seoul. This is a good look for a character that has seen life not go the way she wanted it too. Oscar is the old friend in the old town that finds himself going through the same routine going in the direction he never thought his life could go. The rest of the characters are the trademark bar locals and the boyfriend that gives up help Gloria.

Performance wise, Hathaway and Sudeikis are good without being great, I personally feel we could have got a lot more out of other actor in both roles but that is down to the confusing and poorly decide tone for the film.

StoryI want to start this by saying I liked the idea, I think there was loads of potential in this story, but I feel this feel missed out on most of it, only really uses the concept, not using the personal growth needed in the characters and lacking the idea of what a comedy is meant to be.

Action/Comedy/Sci-Fi The action doesn’t happen often and when it does it is easily forgettable, the comedy happens in the early parts of the film but soon gets forgotten that this is a comedy, with the sci-fi side of the film coming in how monsters arrive.

SettingsThe small town setting should be used for the personal growth to go next to the monster side of the film.

Special EffectsThe special effects are all good when needed and are the best part of the film.

Final ThoughtsFor me this film disappoints on many levels, it should be a full comedy but it does turn dark and serious for the 2nd thirds of the film, I feel we can have better written characters and a better selection of story creation.

 

Overall: Disappoint comedy that drags once we forget the comedy side of the film.

Rating

 

 

REMARKABLE FILM ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST, DESTINATION UNKNOWN TO BE RELEASED IN UK CINEMAS 16 JUNE

REMARKABLE FILM ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST,

DESTINATION UNKNOWN TO BE RELEASED IN UK CINEMAS 16 JUNE

 

 

“Powerful and moving
Stephen D. Smith, Executive Director of the USC Shoah Foundation

“Heart breaking, Inspiring, astounding”

Claire Aguilar, Head of Programming, Sheffield Doc/Fest

 

“A masterful documentary
Ron B. Meier, Executive Director of the American Society for Yad Vashem

 

UK, London: Wednesday 3rd May 2017 –  Dartmouth Films is honoured to announce the theatrical release of the Gigatel Productions’ film DESTINATION UNKNOWN in UK cinemas from 16th June 2017.  Making a unique contribution to the history of the Holocaust, the film captures the pain which still haunts Holocaust survivors 70 years after liberation and the resilience which has enabled them to live with the memories.

 

Directed by Claire Ferguson (known for editing Aileen: The Life and Death of a Serial Killer, Concert for George, The End of the Line, Guilty Pleasures, Up in Smoke), Produced by Llion Roberts (who has spent fourteen years accumulating the testimonies on which the film is based), DESTINATION UNKNOWN blends intimate testimony with immersive archive to bring the stories of twelve Holocaust survivors to the screen.

The film is released on the back of Holocaust Memorial Day (Yom HaShoah) where the film’s central character and Holocaust survivor Ed Mosberg attended ‘The March of the Living’ alongside thousands of participants in Poland last week. Ed Mosberg will visit the UK for the release of the film in June.

With no narration and no expert interviews, the film relies on the survivors’ own words, to weave a vivid narrative of lives stained by genocide. A seamless mosaic of first-hand accounts, rare archive from the time, and family Super 8 footage from after the war, the film traces their journeys from the outbreak of war, through the misery of the ghettos, to the unimaginable horrors of the camps. The survivors share their memories, some for the first time, some for the last, bringing their experiences to a new generation.

We see those who survived in hiding, those who fought as partisans, and those who endured camps such as Treblinka, Mauthausen and Auschwitz-Birkenau. While a few managed to escape, most had to try to find a way to stay alive until the end of the war.

Their stories do not end with liberation. We see how they had to survive the chaos that came afterwards, and their attempts to build new lives.

The film includes an interview with one of the few escapees from the terror of Treblinka, and an exclusive interview with Mietek Pemper, who helped Oskar Schindler compile his List, as well as a revealing story about Schindler himself from one of those he saved.

Producer Llion Roberts said: “I was inspired to start this project fourteen years ago when I visited Auschwitz and wanted to ensure that the remarkable stories of those who survived the Holocaust were preserved for posterity. In the years since I have met and interviewed a remarkable range of incredible people whose lives are an inspiration to us all.  From the four hundred hours of testimony I wanted a film which captured the essence of their experience and made a contribution to the history of those times.”

Director Claire Ferguson said: “I wanted to make a film where the only voices are those of the survivors themselves, to capture something of the intimacy and immediacy I felt when talking with some of them directly. The challenge was to weave those individual voices together in a way that created a wider story, one that explored not only the pain of the Holocaust itself, but the building of new lives afterwards. My overriding question was ‘How can you make a life after such pain?’”

 

DESTINATION UNKNOWN is in cinemas 16 June http://destinationunknownmovie.com/

The Simpsons Challenge – Season 2 – Episode 12 – The Way We Was

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Season 2

Episode 12 – The Way We Was

Couch Gag – This time the couch falls through the floor.

Plot SynopsisHomer and Marge tell the story of how they met and fell in love in high school.

What is going on reallyThis episode starts with the family watching television only for it to break down, this leads to Marge telling the story of how the two met and fell in love.

We see how Homer was the slacker while Marge was the straight A student, the two meet in detention with Homer falling in love tricking Marge into spending time together only for the truth to come out and the first argument between the two happens.

With Marge joining Artie Ziff at the prom breaking Homer’s heart but this only shows to Marge just how Homer really feels about her and the two fall in love for the first time together.

Star Character

Marge and Homerway-we-was

Final ThoughtsThis episode is always going to be a strong one because being able to look back at Marge and Homer’s first encounter is something all the fans of the show would have liked to see. This episode makes you feel happy inside after too.

Rating 4.5/5